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childhood

a stage in the LIFE COURSE characterized by dependent status, usually, though not necessarily, due to biological immaturity. There are historical and cultural variations in the ways in which people understand age, and the division of the human age span into stages and meaningful categories is referred to as the social construction of age. According to Philippe Aries (Centuries of Childhood, 1962), the concept of childhood as a critical stage in the development of the person leads to particular ways of understanding and organizing the lives of young people which are highly variable, both historically and between societies. See also CHILD DEVELOPMENT, SOCIALIZATION, ANNALES SCHOOL.
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It would be better, I dare say, for you to make your approach, as I made mine, through my childhood.
Early in my childhood I learned that nuts came from the grocer, berries from the fruit man; but before ever that knowledge was mine, in my dreams I picked nuts from trees, or gathered them and ate them from the ground underneath trees, and in the same way I ate berries from vines and bushes.
Ogres and bugaboos and I had been happy bed-fellows, compared with these terrors that made their bed with me throughout my childhood, and that still bed with me, now, as I write this, full of years.
More than any other person we remembered, this girl seemed to mean to us the country, the conditions, the whole adventure of our childhood.
We could go to school and study, or we could go into the printing-office and work, with an equal chance of learning, but we could not be idle; we must do something, for our souls' sake, though he was willing enough we should play, and he liked himself to go into the woods with us, and to enjoy the pleasures that manhood can share with childhood.
Herself again a wife - a mother - lovingly watchful of her children, ever careful that they should have a childhood of the mind no less than a childhood of the body, as knowing it to be even a more beautiful thing, and a possession, any hoarded scrap of which, is a blessing and happiness to the wisest?
Men have a foolish manner (both parents and schoolmasters and servants) in creating and breeding an emulation between brothers, during childhood, which many times sorteth to discord when they are men, and disturbeth families.
They include, inter alia, how childhood is constructed as a powerful sentimental mythology of a cultures original beauty ; the political trope of children of resistance; the uses of girlhoods as counter-memory; the innovative deployment of dystopian childhoods as counter-strategy; and the emerging post-national moment as post-childhood.
Additionally, it says nothing about the many adults with similar childhoods who do not experience one of these syndromes.
Musical Childhoods and the Cultures of Youth, Edited by Susan Boynton and Roe-Min Kok.
In the first of the new studies, psychologist Christine Heim of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and her coworkers found that adults with CFS report a greater number of traumatic circumstances in their childhoods than other adults do.
Mintz means to acknowledge a multitude of American childhoods and privilege none.